Tirofiban is the generic name given to a drug which is commonly used to prevent blood clots or heart attcki in people with severe chest pain or undergoing angioplasty to open blocked arteries. It is also used for other medical purposes. The drug lowers drug cells that cause your blood to clot.
It is suggested that you do not drink certainly to excess when using this drug as it can increase the risk of bleeding in your stomach and intestines.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Do not use this drug if you are using aspirin, any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) unless under your physicians advice. NSAIDs include ibuprofen, diclofenac, diflunisal, flurbiprofen, indomethacin, ketoprofen, keterolac, mefenamic acid, meloxicam, nabumetone, piroxicam and others not listed here.
Less serious side effectsare nausea, stomach pain, running or stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, mild headache or dizziness. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effectsnosebleed or other bleeding that will not stop, black, bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood, vomiting granular material, chest pain or heavy feeling, pain in the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, sudden headache, confusion, problems with speech, vision or balance, fever chills, body aches, flu symptoms, pale skin, easy bruising, weakness, fever and changes in urinating patterns. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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